aws sneakernetFrom our product launch to serving our first customers to developing new features, this fall has been super busy here at ParkMyCloud. Keeping up with the latest AWS news, upgrades and developments is going to be key to our ability to serve you, our clients.

However, when we read the title of 451 Research’s new report, “AWS packages ‘sneaker net’ – Prime two-day free shipping not included” by Peter Christy and Henry Baltazar, we clicked on the link with a little more enthusiasm than normal.

SkynetDespite the initial imaginative guesses from the creative types in the marketing department, AWS SneakerNet is not a top secret government program that is about to cause armageddon this afternoon after it becomes self-aware like Skynet in the Terminator movies.

SneakerNet is defined by as “Also called FloppyNet : Sharing files by copying them to floppy disks (or tape, ZIP, UsbKeychainDrive, any removable media) and taking them to the computer where you want the files. Widely used before local networks (and the internet) were commonplace. Certainly most of us don’t regret never having to do it again. :-)”, while Wikipedia adds, “The term, a tongue-in-cheek play on Ethernet, refers to the use of someone wearing sneakers as the transport mechanism for the data.”

So what the big deal? AWS is bringing it back, apparently, as a formal service offering for its customers.

From the opening paragraph of 451’s report, “At re:Invent 2015, Amazon Web Services revisited the concept and introduced ‘Snowball’ – a data migration service based on an eponymous, innovative, ruggedized 50TB shippable storage appliance. Using Snowball is inexpensive – $200 per transfer job, shipping not included – and the ‘bandwidth’ delivered is impressive. For years, Amazon has let customers upload data to AWS by shipping disk drives. The introduction of Snowball greatly simplifies that process for those customers. Amazon presents Snowball as bi-directional, but the first functions it supports are upstream transfers into AWS.”

Our take? Are you a new AWS customer or are you greatly expanding the amount of data you store there? Then we would seriously recommend you taking a look at this pretty cool on-boarding process. 50TB of data, encrypted and transferred in two days sounds pretty impressive.


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About Jay Chapel

Jay Chapel is the CEO and co-founder of ParkMyCloud. After spending several years in the cloud management space, Jay saw that there was no simple solution to the problem of wasted cloud spend - which led him to start ParkMyCloud in 2015. Before that, he spent 10+ years with Micromuse and IBM Tivoli, a provider of business infrastructure management software. After an acquisition by IBM, he led the successful sales integration and subsequent growth of the IBM Tivoli/Netcool business in Europe. He also held several regional and worldwide sales roles in Switzerland, the UK and the US. Jay earned both a BA in Finance and an MBA from West Virginia. Those few hours a month that Jay’s not busy with ParkMyCloud’s growth and success, you can find him on the ski slopes, on the soccer field, or on the golf course often accompanied by his three kids.